militarization

Citizens Lack Trust in Rio Military Police but See Few Alternatives

Brazil’s justice minister caused a stir this week when he accused Rio de Janeiro’s military police of maintaining ties to organized crime, and recent polls show citizens lack trust in the force. But “cariocas,” as the city’s residents are known locally, seem to be at a loss for alternatives to the notoriously corrupt and abusive security body…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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Brazil Senate Vote Could Shield Soldiers Charged With Abuses

Brazil’s Senate approved a controversial measure that would transfer jurisdiction for alleged crimes committed by members of the armed forces to the military itself, a controversial move that has been linked to impunity for abusive security forces in other cases…

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Brazil Military Deployment in Rio Shows Past Failures of Militarization

Brazil’s defense minister has announced a new phase of security operations in Rio de Janeiro that will involve a massive military deployment, a strategy often used throughout Latin America that has repeatedly failed to produce long-term improvements…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Mexico’s War on Crime: A Decade of (Militarized) Failure

This week marks ten years since Mexico‘s government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country’s criminal organizations, but while many criminal leaders have been captured or killed, a decade of confrontation has failed to substantially improve the nation’s security situation…

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Honduras Security Agreement with Israel Raises Human Rights Concerns

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that he is requesting congressional approval for a new military cooperation agreement with Israel, raising human rights concerns given past experiences of Latin American countries receiving security assistance from the Mediterranean nation…

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SouthCom Commander Backs Military Involvement in Fighting Crime

The top US military officer in Latin America and the Caribbean recently praised the involvement of the region’s armed forces in fighting organized crime, a controversial stance likely rooted in the politics surrounding US security assistance to foreign countries…

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Argentina Militarizing Fight Against Crime with Help from US, Israel

Argentina’s government is cooperating with the United States and Israel as it pushes ahead with an increasingly militarized approach to internal security, despite the uneven track record this type of strategy has had in other Latin American countries…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.